According to the Australian Daily Telegraph,
preproduction is to start immediately on Mad Max 4: Fury Road.
Filming will take 30 weeks in Sydney, Australia as well as the Outback NSW
and will be completed by beginning June 2010.
The entire project will take two-and-a-half years to
complete and the movie will most likely be released in summer of 2012.
Rumors had it that Aussie actor Sam Worthington would star in the film alongside Charlize Theron. (Worthington starred in the
recent Terminator Salvation. His
next two movies are James Cameron’s upcoming
Avatar and next year’s
Clash of the Titans remake.)
Since then it was announced that British actor Tom
Hardy got the role.
Tom Hardy appeared in movies such as Guy Ritchie's
RocknRolla, Layer Cake, Bronson and Sucker Punch
amongst others. Genre fans will however most likely remember Hardy as
Praetor Shinzon, the human clone of Jean-Luc Picard in 2002’s ill-fated
Star Trek: Nemesis outing. See
George Miller who directed the previous Mad Max
movies will direct Mad Max 4: Fury Road. The previous movies were
Mad Max (1979),
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) – all
of them filmed in Australia.
The movie is expected to generate hundreds of jobs
for the local Australian movie industry.
Director Miller (also Australian) is expected to
produce his Happy Feet sequel in Sydney, Australia).
Mel Gibson turned 53 this year and is probably
considered to be old to return as Max although early Internet rumors had
it that the sequel will be a case of Son of Mad Max – so maybe
there will be a cameo appearance in there for him – who knows?
Why make a new Mad Max movie?
The Road Warrior was The. Greatest. Action. Movie. Ever. It can’t be
bettered, something sadly illustrated by the last movie in the franchise,
namely the lame 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. We don’t need
Well, the good news is that George Miller will direct
the new movie (Miller even gave Happy Feet an edge – check out the
existential scenes of Happy in zoo captivity and the dancing penguin’s
Darwinian struggle for survival). If Miller can refrain from putting in
any crappy Tina Turner pop songs things might work out . . . who knows?